Sedum Autumn Joy (Hylotelephium spectabile 'Herbstfreude')

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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Hylotelephium spectabile Accepted
Sedum spectabile Synonym

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Inflorescence Height: 24 inches
Foliage Mound Height: 18 inches
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Can be propagated by seed.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant
Child plants: 2 child plants

The blooms are just about dried out.

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Location: My GardensDate: Summer 2013Very Close View #Pollination #Butterflies
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Location: My GardensDate: Summer 2009Close Up View #Pollination #Bees
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Location: Iowa
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Location: ILDate: 2016-09-12#Pollination Spotted Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5169 (Hymenia per
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2011-09-17Even in years of drought, this sedum shines.
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Location: Iowa
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-08-26
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2011-09-17A treasure for every kind of flying critter.
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-02-25
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Location: IowaDate: 2017-08-26
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-10-04
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Location: Central IllinoisDate: 8/28/2018
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-09-09
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Date: 2012-09-15
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Location: Belmont garden, dry spotDate: 2013-09-26
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 2014-08-28In a container on the deck
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Date: 2014-09-10
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Location: Greenwood, MNDate: 2015-08-29
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Location: Greenwood, MNDate: 2015-08-29
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Location: Manitoba, CanadaDate: 2015-09-10
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Location: IowaDate: 2017-09-18
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Location: Northwest N.J.Date: Sept.
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Location: Cincinnati, OhDate: September 2011Attracts bees, here having Autumn Joy for dinner
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Location: Cincinnati, OhDate: September 2011Sedum Autumn Joy in fall
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Location: Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: 2007-11-06
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-25
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Date: 2013-08-20
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Location: N. Illinois, zone 5bDate: 2013-10-18The blooms are just about dried out.
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-06-20
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Location: My GardensDate: Summer 2009Close Up View #Pollination #Bees
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Location: Belmont, full sunDate: 2014-08-26
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Location: Belmont, full sunDate: 2014-08-26
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Location: Belmont, full sunDate: 2014-08-26
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Date: 2014-09-10
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Location: Peterborough, ON, CanadaDate: 2015-09-07
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Location: Local nurseryDate: 2015-09-13
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Location: Manitoba, CanadaDate: 2015-08-28
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Location: Manitoba, CanadaDate: 2015-10-11
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Location: ILDate: 2009-09-14
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Location: IowaDate: 2017-08-26
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Location: Northwest NJDate: 2017-09-14
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Location: Belmont garden, dry spotDate: 2013-09-26Several heuchera are in front of it.
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Location: Canoga Park, CaliforniaDate: 2008-09-04
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Location: Belmont, full sunDate: 2014-08-26
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Location: Belmont, full sunDate: 2014-08-26
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2015-10-25
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Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.Date: 2016-03-26
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-07-11
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-11-28Sedum Autumn Joy
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-11-28Sedum Autumn Joy blooms
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-09-23
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Comments:
Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 6, 2015 5:24 PM

This is my favorite non-native (to U.S.) plant. At this time I have one left, but it is next door to an ever growing spruce tree.

One reason I like this so well is that it is a bumblebee magnet. It is a late bloomer, so it is a good food source for these bees when many things have faded. I have since planted more asters and other late-flowering U.S. natives that will replace the other sedums we yanked out of the ground. Another reason I enjoyed this is its early neat growing habit. It forms a nice round ball. But as it gets taller, heavy rains will cause it to flop in all directions, much like the native Tallgrass Prairie plants I have around the yard.

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Mar 4, 2010 4:47 AM

I just don't know how any plant can be easier than Sedum Autumn Joy. It is not bothered by deer, rabbits, bugs, or insects, and difficult weather seems to have no effect on it. It is a prolific grower.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 29, 2011 3:26 PM

In September and October, this sedum is usually the only bloom I can always count on. Our recent summers have been hot and dry here in western KY, but that doesn't seem to bother this sedum at all.

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Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Jan 23, 2012 6:50 AM

Sedum Autumn Joy is easily propagated by breaking off a piece, stripping it, and burying the lowest node. It needs some available soil moisture during rooting, but very little. Overwatering will cause the cutting to rot.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Sep 16, 2014 4:08 PM

Begins blooming in late summer with flat pink heads that gradually darken to a rust shade and hold well into winter. I don't cut the seed heads back until I see new growth in early spring. Plants may flop if grown in too much shade or in rich soil, otherwise an easy and reliable fall plant.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 7, 2013 6:49 PM

Autumn Joy is one of the older Sedums in my garden. Like all of the upright Sedums, it is very attractive to honey and bumble bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.

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Plant Events from our members
Horntoad On September 17, 2014 Bloomed
Chillybean On April 6, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Removed most of these plants from the north side of the house. Only one remains, but looks to be nearly bowled over by an expanding spruce.
MissMew On May 1, 2002 Obtained plant
Lalambchop1 On August 15, 2015 Obtained plant
Was sent a clump from Jackie & Dan. Divided it and planted the new ones in the nursery bed.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Sedum 'Autumn Joy' by valleylynn Jan 25, 2013 7:51 PM 16
Sedum Autum Joy pic with 3 asters by CDsSister Jan 30, 2013 7:19 PM 3
What an outstanding photograph! by lovemyhouse Nov 27, 2013 10:33 AM 2
Need Sedum advice, brand new by MsNorris Oct 1, 2018 10:41 AM 12
Sedum and related succulents Chat 2018 by tcstoehr Sep 6, 2018 7:10 PM 124
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What is this plant? by Brandy1990 Feb 14, 2017 1:11 AM 4
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NOID looking for its name? by kylaluaz Jun 3, 2015 2:35 PM 21
sedum Autumn Joy cuttings by csj01 Mar 15, 2015 10:13 PM 12

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